Nate Heintzmann: Continuous glucose monitoring impacts outcome and cost

The Senior Manager of Data Partnerships, Dexcom presented "[email protected]: CGM technology, IoT connectivity, and the drive to insight delivery in diabetes care" at the Health monitoring: Making sense of sensors conference at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue. The event brought cutting edge medical, health and fitness wearables producers and platforms together with Swiss Re's clients and experts, to examine how wearable technology will impact consumers and insurers.

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"Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges that we face today. There are hundreds of millions of people with diabetes around the world. We spend hundreds of billions of dollars in direct treatment costs every year, and yet we know so little about daily glucose behavior for a given patient. That hinders optimization of patient therapies.

Dexcom CGM can have major benefit for patients with diabetes. It's a small wearable sensor that the patient would attach with an adhesive to their abdomen. This is for free living conditions so it's not restricted to just hospital or clinic use. The CGM provides a blood glucose value every five minutes, and that is sent via Bluetooth from the small body worn transmitter to the patient's smart phone. The patient gets real-time alerts and alarms for high or low blood glucose. These alerts can be shared in real-time with parents and caregivers, and really enables for the first time data driven decision making around mealtime's insulin boluses, exercise, and more.

Much like with patient benefit of CGM, the insurance industry can benefit from that continuous real-time CGM data. It's a critical vital sign. Diabetes is a disease of glucose dysregulation, so insurers can understand more about the efficacy of a particular treatment regimen. Answering that question of, is this drug working for this patient at this time? It also enables new care delivery models such as telemedicine, so that physicians can identify problems with patients and provide solutions without requiring a costly clinical visit for example.

The impact can really be quite major to both outcomes while reducing costs."